Working closely with Somerset NHS Stop Smoking Service Yeovil Hospital is committed to ensuring a smoke free environment for our staff, patients and visitors. We are therefore taking positive action in order to publicise the support available for those who wish to stop, or who need extra support to manage without smoking whilst in, or visiting, the hospital.

To ensure a smoke free environment smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Hospital’s grounds or premises, this includes pavements, walkways and car parks.

Smoking can increase the risk of wound infections, complications, prolonged length of stay and readmission. If you are coming into hospital for an operation you are strongly advised to discuss how to stop, or reduce, smoking during the period leading up to your stay with your GP or a member of hospital staff.

Whilst in hospital patients will be asked if they smoke; patients who do smoke will be offered advice and support and may be prescribed nicotine replacement products such as patches or lozenges to help them manage without smoking during their stay. Those patients that do wish to stop will also be referred to their local NHS Stop Smoking Service following their discharge to ensure continued support. Patients attending the hospital for outpatient appointments or day surgery may wish to buy nicotine replacement products before they arrive and patients admitted to wards will not be supported by staff to leave the ward to smoke.

We thank you in advance for helping to support us in ensuring a smoke free environment for all. Further information can be accessed by texting the number below, or visiting the Smokefree NHS website (http://www.smokefree.nhs.uk/).